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IBM scraps face recognition development over racial profiling concerns

IBM says it is scrapping its facial recognition business over concerns about how it can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling.

In a letter to US Congress members Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive, confirmed the company’s shift as it looks to “advance racial equality”.

Arvind Krishna was recently promoted to CEO of IBM.

Arvind Krishna was recently promoted to CEO of IBM.Credit:Getty Images

“IBM opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology, offered by other vendors for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms,” he wrote.

Mr Krishna was addressing Democrats who have been working on police reform legislation in Congress in response to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions that have sparked a worldwide reckoning over racial injustice.

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